SRAM ouch
Last Post 03/25/2014 11:36 PM by Cosmic Kid. 11 Replies.
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Ride On

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03/12/2014 05:32 PM
Cavendish explained that Martin pushed him after he lost his chain due to a long-standing problem with his SRAM gears. "The problem is when we turned left on the straight road after the descent. After a corner, you want to put the power down," he said. "And as always happens, my chain came off. It's a problem with SRAM, which we've talked about many times. So my chain came off, my foot came out and Tony was behind me at 50km/h. He has to come up to not go over my back wheel.
ChinookPass

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03/12/2014 07:17 PM
Is Cav the only SRAM user who makes his chain come off after a corner? If not, I'd love to hear some more testimony.

It is possible it's just him.
Cosmic Kid

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03/12/2014 09:08 PM
'Zat you, Andy?
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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03/12/2014 10:11 PM
SRAM's got a problem. No, not the derailling. Non, it's that Cavendish is talking about it, and worse, saying it happens a lot. Andy talking doesn't raise anything besides eyebrows. Cavendish knows how to ride a bike. He doesn't complain. (He used to and I used to not be a fan of his, but he has grown up. Now when he talks, I listen.)

I suspect long hours will be happening in SRAMland and that we will see a new, improved version.

Ben
stinkyhelmet

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03/13/2014 09:42 AM
TA spoiler?
Hoshie

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03/19/2014 05:19 PM
I'd like to like SRAM. I like how they handled the disc brake recall, my own warranty experience, and think a 3rd horse in the race is a good thing.

And I suspect they have plenty of enthusiastic, caring employees making good product.

My cross bike came w/ SRAM and it's got mid tier parts (Rival / Force) and the generation prior to Yaw front ders.

The high point is that I love the feel of the shifters and the rear der works well with very easy adjustment when needed. My personal experience has been OK, as in right in the middle, with the group though.

The main issue was we couldn't get my cross bike to work quite well with the force front der, so tried rival. ditto. Slow shifts, chain derailing, etc. Just not great. So, now my cross bike has a dura ace front der. Problem solved.

Cav, here is my advice - get a dura ace front derailler and some new chain rings like wickwerks and you'll be all set mate.

J
79pmooney

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03/19/2014 10:14 PM
And, Cav, if you do that, SRAM WILL come up with a front shifter that works. Just like Shimano came up with pedals with a no-float cleat option; a true blessing for those that cannot have float. (Their most visible rider used LOOKs and black cleats for multiple Tour "wins" on an otherwise all Shimano set-up.) You have the power. Use it!

Ben
Jimmy

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03/24/2014 03:40 PM
We have a good-sized race here, the Boise Twilight Criterium. It has some rough corners, nothing too bad, but can be a bit bumpy. I spent many years riding Campy at that race with no problems. A few years on D/A in the late 90's and then again recently. Again, no problems. I rode it once with Sram Force and lost my chain three times in one race, all under load out of a bumpy corner.

It's unfortunate because I really, really like the brake hoods on the Sram. Like a saddle, hood shape is based a lot on personal preference, and I thought Sram got the shape just right (for me). I don't much care for the Squared profile of the Shimano hoods (mechanical, not electric) but the stuff works so flawlessly that it's just not worth making a change.
79pmooney

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03/24/2014 04:53 PM
Jimmy, shouldn't you see a shrink and ask him about Cavendish syndrome?

Seriously (from a retro-grouch), this evolution to a world where the third biggest fit issue for a rider, behind only saddles and shoes/cleats costs hundreds of dollars to change is just wrong! I rode 5 hours yesterday on brake hoods that are my all-time favorite. I've ridden those hoods on three bikes and three very different gearing systems. (Sadly, that will come to an end when my remaining two sets of levers and hoods die. SunTour stopped making them last century.)

When I go index, it will be Campy unless there are big changes. Shimano has chosen a design I will crash on soon or later. SRAM has a ways to go to impress me on reliability. And sadly, we don't have SunTour to have a good alternative and no one has stepped up to be the next SunTour.

Ben
Keith Richards

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03/25/2014 09:01 AM
Campy Athena is all 95% of riders will ever need and weigh 380g vs. 450g for Shimano Ultegra. In fact they weigh the same as non DI Dura Ace. They can be had for under $200 a set.

I for the life of me cannot figure out why Campy cannot get more OE spec, especially compared to SRAM road components.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Keith Richards

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03/25/2014 09:04 AM
http://www.probikekit.com/elysium.search?search=Campagnolo+10

And Campy 10sp stuff is just about FREE now.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Cosmic Kid

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03/25/2014 11:36 PM
I for the life of me cannot figure out why Campy cannot get more OE spec, especially compared to SRAM road components.


Delivery. Campag refuses to build their stuff in Asia and will only assemble in Italy. It takes too long and is too logistically-challenging to get components from Italy to China / Taiwan.

Campag understands this and seems to have accepted that SRAM will naturally beat then out from here on in.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


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